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Current information regarding Coronavirus

 

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On this website Humboldt-Universität informs about the current developments of the coronavirus (Corona Virus SARS-CoV-2) outbreak as well as the effects on the teaching, study and work routine at the university.


 

January 22, 2021

Emergency care: information and support for employees

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Parents must inform the day care centre and/or school of their child's need for emer- gency care. The first point of contact for parents who would like to make use of childcare for their child is the respective daycare management, the daycare provider and/or the school management.

If you require confirmation of your teaching position or membership of the universi- ty's emergency service, please contact the Family Office by e-mail at familienservice@hu-berlin.de.

HU emergency care in the home environment to enable teaching

In cases of particular hardship, the Family Office offers the possibility of emergency childcare in the home environment: Academic staff and student employees who car- ry out teaching and whose children require additional care to the state emergency care at daycare centres/schools can contact the Family Office by e-mail: familienservice@hu-berlin.de

Please note that there is no entitlement to emergency home care. The offer is valid as long as financial resources are available.

HU Emergency Care at the Grimm-Zentrum to Enable Teaching

If required, the Family Office will arrange small-group emergency childcare for teachers' children in the Family Room in the Grimm Centre from 1 February 2021. The offer can be used on a daily or weekly basis. A maximum of six children are ca- red for in fixed day groups.

The booking deadline for the following week is Thursday at 2 pm. If you are inte- rested, please contact the family office by e-mail: familienservice@hu-berlin.de.

If you have any questions, the Family Office is also available by telephone. Phone: 030 2093-20015

 


 

January 12, 2021

Information about study and teaching activities in January 2021

Dear Students,

the new year is unfortunately starting with further restrictions in public life, which also impact study and teaching activities at our university. So as to at least mitigate the resulting burdens for you to some extent, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is adopting the following measures.

In-person events and exams

There will continue to be no in-person events up until 31st January 2021. Exceptions will be made for absolutely essential practical formats that cannot be carried out in digital form. Participation is voluntary for students. You will not suffer any disadvantages if you do not participate.
In-person examinations that have already been planned may also take place. Participation in these examinations is strictly voluntary. However, please note that if you feel unable to attend an in-person examination, you must de-register for the examination in good time. If you do so, you will not suffer any disadvantages for not attending.

Suspension of deadlines for theses and term papers

In a joint press release from 8th January 2021, the Senate Chancellery for Science and Research and the State Conference of the Rectors and Presidents of the Higher Education Institutions in Berlin (LKRP) announced that the time allowed for theses and term papers will be extended. At the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the periods for completing written theses and term papers as part of bachelor’s and master’s programmes will therefore be frozen retroactively from 4th January 2021 until 31st January 2021.

Extended individual standard period of study

On 10th January 2021, the Regulation on the Individual Standard Period of Study Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic from 11th December 2020 came into force. This means that a different, individual standard period of study that extends the standard period of study by one semester will also apply to all students enrolled at the Humboldt-Universität, and not on leave, in the 2020/2021 winter semester. A corresponding certificate for the 2020/2021 winter semester will be available for access in AGNES under the menu item “Certificates” (“Bescheinigungen”) in the next few days.

Restrictions on services in the Study and Examination Offices

Since the spring of 2020, our employees in technology, services and administration, alongside the teaching staff, have ensured that study activities have been able to continue. The ongoing stresses of the past year and the various challenges that have arisen since the extension and tightening of the lockdown, including due to school closures, mean that tasks in the Study and Examination Offices will not be able to be discharged in the usual way in the coming weeks. Up until the end of the month, the Study and Examination Offices will therefore initially focus their work on ensuring that the examinations for the 2020/2021 winter semester can be carried out. The tasks of issuing certificates or answering enquiries will take lower priority by comparison. The Humboldt-Universität kindly asks all students and lecturers for their understanding concerning this necessary prioritisation.

To close my email, I would like to assure you that we at the Humboldt-Universität will continue to do our part to contain the pandemic and to keep our employees, teaching staff and students safe. At the same time, we are working on concepts that outline how we can enable more in-person teaching and more meetings on site in our buildings over the course of this year – provided the occurrence of infection permits. We are also committed to ensuring that the effects of any possible relaxations in the regulations can be felt in your everyday student life as soon as possible. Nevertheless, the last few months clearly show us that, in the near term, we are reliant on a great degree of flexibility and understanding from all university members in order to overcome the further phases of the pandemic together. However, given the many challenges that we already addressed in the year 2020 through constructive exchange with one another, I will allow myself to look ahead to the new year with confidence. This year, we will again carry out formats like the “Humboldt Discusses” series of events, which we launched as a digital space for debate on pressing issues relating to teaching and learning during the pandemic, and I cordially invite you to take part in this exchange.

With kind regards and best wishes for 2021

Prof. Dr Eva Inés Obergfell
Vice President for Teaching and Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

 

January 12, 2021

President on the continued restricted operation at Humboldt- Universität

Dear colleagues, dear staff members,

on behalf of the entire presidium, I would like to extend warm New Year's greetings to you and wish you and your families happiness, strength for all that lies ahead and above all - of course - good health!

The challenges with which the old year ended continue to accompany us and in par- ticular the restrictions in childcare and attendance schooling present us with great challenges. We in the Presidium are very aware of the resulting double burden.

The regulations in the service instructions are still valid. In principle, the following continues to apply for the HU:

  • No public traffic.
  • Individual research is still possible on site if absolutely necessary. However, we urge you all to weigh up as responsibly as before.
  • Tasks that are possible and reasonable to complete in the home office should be worked on in the home office. Planning is done in consultation with the supervisor.
  • Supervisors and employees may agree on different arrangements regarding availability and the actual working hours if, for example, this makes it easier to reconcile work in the home office with care obligations.

In consultation with the supervisor, all options of alternative employment may be used. The university management supports such arrangements in the conviction that the current situation still requires flexibility on all sides.

If working from home is not possible due to caring responsibilities, time credits and/or remaining leave from 2020 should be used.

If this option is exhausted, paid time off can be taken. The need for care must be made credible to superiors.

Following on from the guidance on teaching in lockdown until 10 January 2021, teachers with caring responsibilities can continue to exploit all opportunities to flexi- bly organise the fulfilment of their teaching obligations: asynchronous digital teaching, task-sharing in team teaching, self-study tasks, etc.

Make use of the possibilities for recording teaching events, which have been further expanded in recent months.

For teachers in special need, the HU offers a limited contingent of emergency day care. Please contact the Family Office for this.

In view of the upcoming examination period, teachers are asked to take into account the special conditions under which teaching content will be taught in the coming weeks when designing examinations.

Furthermore, I would like to point out that, in agreement with the Senate Chancelle- ry - Science and Research, the submission deadlines for written theses and term pa- pers within the framework of Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes are to be suspended retroactively from 4 January 2021 until 31 January 2021. Corresponding resolutions are to be passed in the short term.

Notes on the restriction of services

Since spring 2020, the staff in technology, service and administration have ensured the continuation of study operations in addition to the teaching staff. The continuing stress of the past year and the various challenges that have arisen since the extension and intensification of the lockdown due to school closures, among other things, mean that tasks in the Human Resources department and in the study and examination of- fices in particular cannot be carried out in the usual way in the coming weeks. The study and examination offices will therefore initially focus their work until the end of the month on ensuring that the examinations for the 2020/2021 winter semester can be carried out.

In contrast, issuing certificates or responding to enquiries have lower priority. Hum- boldt-Universität asks all members for their understanding of this necessary prioritisation.

On behalf of the entire university management team, I would like to take this oppor- tunity to thank you once again for your understanding and commitment in jointly tackling the tasks ahead of us!

Kind regards

Sabine Kunst

President of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

 

January 8, 2021

Operations at Berlin’s universities remain restricted until 31st January – deadlines for theses and term papers extended

The Senate Chancellery for Science and Research and the Berlin universities and colleges have agreed to continue and strengthen the measures already agreed on 14th December for restricting contact and containing the pandemic from beyond 10th January until 31st January. As of January 11th, the following now applies to university and college operations within the framework of the Berlin phased plan:

 

  • No in-person events will be held at the universities and colleges between 11th and 31st January 2021.
  • Exceptions may only be permitted for already planned in-person examinations, including entrance examinations, and for absolutely essential practical formats that cannot be carried out in digital form. The number of participants is to be restricted to an absolute minimum. Participation is voluntary for students. They will not suffer any disadvantages if they do not participate.
  • Practical medical formats at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin that cannot be postponed may still take place.
  • Academic libraries are only allowed to offer online services and loan facilities from 11th to 31st January 2021.

 

More Information on the website of Humboldt-Universität

 


 

December 16, 2020

Current adjustments to the pandemic containment measures

The measures adopted by the state to contain the Corona pandemic also lead to further, minor adjustments at Humboldt-Universität. From Wednesday, 16 December 2020 until 10 January 2021, the following applies:

  • Humboldt-Universität is still in Stage 2 of the Berlin Stage Plan. The HU is not going into emergency attendance mode, as remembered from the spring.
  • All employees still have access to their workplaces in accordance with the re- gulations. Over the holidays, the HU premises are closed and only accessible to employees with access authorisation.

Working in the home office

  • In order to contain the pandemic and for the personal protection of employees,
  • it is strongly recommended that tasks that are possible and reasonable to com- plete in the home office be carried out in the home office. Planning is done in consultation with the manager.
  • In consultation with the manager, deviating arrangements for working hours can be made and all options of alternative employment can be used. The uni- versity management supports these options in the conviction that the current situation still requires flexibility on all sides.
  • According to the current SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Ordinance of the State of Berlin, day-care centres are not closed. Primary schools are also to of- fer emergency care. The implementation of this regulation at the respective submission is very diverse. The university management understands the resul- ting problematic situations of HU members with childcare obligations and is in favour of parents not wanting to place their children in childcare facilities.

Special regulations for studies and teaching

  • There will be no face-to-face events in the period from 16 December 2020 to 10 January 2021. Exceptions until 18 December 2020 are already planned face-to-face examinations and practical formats that are mandatory and cannot be carried out in digital form. The number of participants must be kept to an absolute minimum. Participation is voluntary for students; they will not suffer any disadvantages if they do not participate.
  • Digital examinations and digital courses take place in the weeks before Christ- mas and after New Year's Eve.

Libraries

  • The University Library will remain open for lending. The workstations will be closed from Wednesday, but borrowing will be possible.

More information on the Website of the University Library.